Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. He was a respected leader of Israel, had the best education, the best of position. Nicodemus had the things that stood in the way of many and kept them from following Jesus, but Nicodemus showed a caution and a desire for the truth that ultimately enabled him to escape the deadly errors of others and emerge into the sunlight of God's love.
Within this dialogue with Nicodemus falls the most learned and quoted verse of the Bible -- John 3:16. Luther called it "the Gospel in miniature."
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.